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Richard Brown Cousins Sr ’39

Richard Brown Cousins Sr. ’39, October 23, 2008, in Old Town, Maine. Dick was born in Old Town, and returned there following a brief sojourn at college and in the military. His academic focus at Reed was in physics, and he also attended the University of Florence in Italy and army officer candidate school. During World War II, he served in Italy with the U.S. Army, and as commanding officer of Company A, 304th Division, and the 428th Civil Affairs Company, Bangor. Dick was employed by Penobscot Chemical Fiber Company, and was founder and president of Consolidated Supply Company, from which he retired in 1982. He taught Sunday school at Old Town United Methodist Church, was a Boy Scout troop leader, and was president of the YMCA. He also was a member of the Old Town City Council and served as mayor. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Bernice Littlefield Cousins; his daughter and three sons; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two brothers and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2009

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